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Cori: There's no denying that Maine has a beautiful coastline. And while for most of the year, the ocean is too cold for comfort for many around to even dip a toe in to, there are those couple of blissful summer months when the waters warm enough that you can actually swim and surf.

But as the tragic recent events surrounding a woman who lost her life in a shark attack off the coast of Maine have reminded us, the ocean is a wild place, and sometimes we get closer to Nature than we intend to.

And when something like a shark attack happens, even if it is a rare occurrence, it fills folks with fear, and leads people to be apprehensive about entering and enjoying the water.

It's just this sentiment; a love and respect for the ocean and not wanting folks to fear it,  that motivated Nathan Garrison to create a shark deterrent several years ago. Nathan has spent countless summers surfing our coastline, and has a special connection to the waters here. He was particularly impacted reading about this week's shark attack, having lost friends in similar situations. So he reached out to us and asked if he could share his experience and how he hopes to help people feel confident in the water once again.

JStew: I have a bunch of friends who are surfers. I always thought that was kind of funny anyway, because I never really thought of Maine as much of a place to surf. But a couple of them have given me deadpan looks when I've made jokes about sharks. And like most people, I always thought Great Whites were definitely no here either.

Sadly, we were proven wrong on that point this week. And while we're all still reeling from this tragedy, it's good to know that there is actually something proactive you can do about it. And thanks again to Nathan for getting out of bed at the crack of dawn to chat with us. He's a great guy, doing great things.

Additionally, here's the audio from this morning's interview...

 

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